Before & After: Laughlin Design’s Front Garden

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From boring and bland to chic and sleek — it is almost hard to believe this is the same house.  The silver blue and sage green textural planting is sharp against the natural wood siding.  It would have been so easy to keep the ornamental trees and go for an update, but the complete re-think of this space is very imaginative and I think very successful.  Designed by Laughlin Design in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. jayteekay on September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I love multiple planting of single species. It is just so effective and really is a case of less is more. The grasses add a nice archtiectural context to the modern lines of the house and the raised bed enchances that structured feel. Good find.

  2. Heidi Schreiner on September 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Gorgeous! The textural quality, high-impact, and low maintenance of this garden are spot on!

    The grasses offer many-season interest, also. In the upper Midwest, I leave them all winter for great texture.

  3. ModFruGal on September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

    love this….nice job!

  4. The Rainforest Gardener on September 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    The contrast of the airy sage grass against the dark wood siding was an inspired choice! Very bold and dramatic!

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